Program Category: Main Program Day 1


Main Program: Festival Welcome

26 Oct 2017 09:00 /

Join us as the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival begins with a traditional Balinese welcome dance, opening remarks from Festival Founder and Director Janet DeNeefe, and two keynote speeches. In …

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Main Program: Nh. Dini: A Living Literary Legend

26 Oct 2017 10:15 /

A living legend of Indonesian literature, Nh. Dini will reveal the flame that sustained her prolific writing career spanning more than five decades. Listen in as she narrates her colorful …

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Main Program: An Archipelago of Art

26 Oct 2017 10:15 /

In an archipelago of 17,000 islands, artistic expression takes a breathtaking array of forms. Join us for a taste of some of the most exciting dance, literature and visual art …

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Main Program: Preserving Culture

26 Oct 2017 10:15 /

Modern political, economic and social factors pose significant threat to Indigenous and traditional cultures. But keeping in touch with tradition isn’t only the work of elders and anthropologists. These young …

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Main Program: Marina Mahathir: Telling It Straight

26 Oct 2017 11:45 /

A tireless advocate for the rights of women and minorities in her home of Malaysia, Marina Mahathir is admired (and occasionally admonished) for telling it straight. She joins Michael Vatikiotis, …

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Main Program: Tanah Airku

26 Oct 2017 11:45 /

Indonesia celebrates the 72nd anniversary of its independence this year, amid a rising tide of religious conservatism, volatile political showdowns, and continued persecution of minorities. A seasoned journalist, a shoe …

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Main Program: Nigel Barley: The Innocent Anthropologist

26 Oct 2017 11:45 /

Ranging across biography, autobiography, natural history, anthropology, and travelogue, celebrated writer and anthropologist Nigel Barley’s work spans genres as well as continents. A longtime lover of Indonesia – his book …

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Main Program: Banda Tales

26 Oct 2017 13:00 /

350 years ago when nutmeg was worth more than gold, the tiny island of Run played a dramatic role in Indonesia’s colonial history when it was ‘swapped’ by the British …

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Main Program: Incredible Journeys

26 Oct 2017 13:00 /

Traversing continents and spanning cultures, our panel has documented incredible journeys inside and out. Join them for an exploration of the compulsion, connections and celebrations that convince us the journey …

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Main Program: Going Home Again

26 Oct 2017 13:00 /

Is it true that ‘you can never go home again’? Whether moving across the country or around the world, making a geographical leap changes us and how we relate to …

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Main Program: China’s Women

26 Oct 2017 14:30 /

With Wild Swans, Jung Chang illuminated the lives of three generations of women in China. Former rocket factory worker Lijia Zhang’s Lotus, inspired by her grandmother’s experiences, tells the story …

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Main Program: The Next Chapter of Indonesian Literature

26 Oct 2017 14:30 /

This year 711 aspiring authors from across the archipelago submitted 913 works to our flagship Emerging Writers Program. 15 were selected. Meet three of them to hear why they’ve chosen …

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Main Program: Robert Dessaix: The Pleasures of Leisure

26 Oct 2017 14:30 /

“Nowadays everyone’s got to appear to be doing something,” notes Robert Dessaix. We’re working longer hours, consuming more than ever, and treat being busy as a status symbol. In a …

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Main Program: Stressing the Source

26 Oct 2017 15:45 /

Climate change and diminishing natural resources are two major environmental problems plaguing nations across the globe. These alarming realities are intensified in impoverished areas, and understanding their regional impacts is …

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Main Program: Put Your Whole Self In

26 Oct 2017 15:45 /

Putting the live in their delivery, these scribes take their words to the world via powerful performances. Storytelling, poetry slams and stagecraft all require a special physical presence. Get ready …

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Main Program: The Magic Touch

26 Oct 2017 15:45 /

Fairy tales, fantastical turns and flights of fancy: stories are often unbound by reality. From portentous dragonflies and forest jinns to a society created by children where adults are almost …

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